How policewomen make communities safer | Ivonne Roman

I’ve been a police officer in an urban city for nearly 25 years. That’s crazy, right? And in that time, I’ve served in every rank, from police officer to police chief. A few years ago, I noticed something alarming. Starting in 2014, I started monitoring recruits as they cycled through police academies in the state […]

Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

My work focuses on the connection of both thinking about our community life being part of the environment where architecture grows from the natural local conditions and traditions. Today I brought two recent projects as an example of this. Both projects are in emerging countries, one in Ethiopia and another one in Tunisia. And also […]

Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

If there’s any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis. The more complex the problem, the more the need for simplicity. So allow me to share three cases where we tried to apply design’s power of synthesis. Let’s start with the global challenge of urbanization. It’s a fact that people are moving towards cities. […]

How urban spaces can preserve history and build community | Walter Hood

How can landscapes imbue memory? When we think about this notion “e pluribus unum” — “out of many, one,” it’s a pretty strange concept, right? I mean, with all different races and cultures of people, how do you boil it down to one thing? I want to share with you today this idea of “e […]

How to use family dinner to teach politics | Hajer Sharief

Twenty years ago, my family introduced a system called “Friday Democracy Meetings.” Every Friday at 7pm, my family came together for an official meeting to discuss the current family affairs. These meetings were facilitated by one of my parents, and we even had a notetaker. These meetings had two rules. First, you are allowed to […]

Haas&Hahn: How painting can transform communities

Dre Urhahn: This theater is built on Copacabana, which is the most famous beach in the world, but 25 kilometers away from here in the North Zone of Rio lies a community called Vila Cruzeiro, and roughly 60,000 people live there. Now, the people here in Rio mostly know Vila Cruzeiro from the news, and […]

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming — for your family

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast So here’s the good news about families. The last 50 years have seen a revolution in what it means to be a family. We have blended families, adopted families, we have nuclear families living in separate houses and divorced families living in the same house. But through it all, […]

How community-led conservation can save wildlife | Moreangels Mbizah

I’m a lion conservationist. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Some people may have no idea what that means. But I’m sure you’ve all heard about Cecil the lion. [Cecil the Lion (2002-2015)] (Lion roaring) He roars no more. On the second of July, 2015, his life was cut short when he was killed by a trophy […]

Community-powered criminal justice reform | Raj Jayadev

Translator: Ivana Korom Reviewer: Krystian Aparta This is my favorite protest shirt. It says, “Protect your people.” We made it in the basement of our community center. I’ve worn it at rallies, at protests and marches, at candlelight vigils with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. I’ve seen how this ethic of […]

Ziyah Gafić: Everyday objects, tragic histories

These are simple objects: clocks, keys, combs, glasses. They are the things the victims of genocide in Bosnia carried with them on their final journey. We are all familiar with these mundane, everyday objects. The fact that some of the victims carried personal items such as toothpaste and a toothbrush is a clear sign they […]